<em> </em>Born in Weingarten/Baden, Reinhold Friedrich has been a prolific performer on major stages around the world since his success at the ARD International Music Competition in 1986. Strongly influenced by his teachers Edward H. Tarr (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel) and Pierre Thibaud (Conservatoire Superieure de Musique Paris), he has always considered that early and contemporary music belong together. The re- discovery of forgotten works of the Romantic period and the classical modern era lie particularly close to his heart, alongside his passion for and patronage of avant-garde music.

He gave his debut performance at the Berliner Festwochen with "Sequenza X" by Luciano Berio, closely followed by his first appearance as a soloist at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Vienna Academy under Martin Haselböck, playing the trumpet concerto by Joseph Haydn on the historic keyed trumpet. His involvement with historical performance practice has brought him together with orchestras such as the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Stagione Frankfurt, Kammerorchester Basel, L’arte del mondo, Concerto Melante, the Berliner Barock Solisten as well as the Cappella Andrea Barca under Sir András Schiff. The focus of these collaborations was often the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto by J.S. Bach, of which Friedrich is one of the world’s premier exponents.

Reinhold Friedrich has long been in the vanguard of developing and expanding the repertoire of his instrument. He has commissioned and premiered a large number of significant works including pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Carola Bauckholt, Luciano Berio, Edison Denissov, Peter Eötvös, Hans Werner Henze, Adriana Hölszky, Nicolaus A. Huber, Luca Lombardi, Benedict Mason, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Hilda Parèdes, Matthias Pintscher, Jan Rääts, Rebecca Saunders, Nina Šenk, Enjott Schneider, Daniel Schnyder, Gerhard Stäbler, Eino Tamberg, Caspar Johannes Walter, Christian Wolff, and Benjamin Yusopov. The solo concerti "Eirene" by Herbert Willi (Wergo) and "Nobody knows de trouble I see" by Bernd Alois Zimmermann form an important part of his broad repertoire. The CD recording of the Zimmermann won an ECHO Klassik in 1994.

As a soloist, Reinhold Friedrich has performed with ensembles such as the Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, the Staatsoper Berlin and Stuttgart, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Frankfurt Museum Orchester, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the orchestra of the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and all German radio symphony orchestras; conducted amongst others by Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Vladimir Fedossejev, Adam Fischer, Michael Gielen, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan and Neeme Järvi, Dmitri Kitaenko, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono, Matthias Pintscher, Trevor Pinnock, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, and Hans Zender.

Born in Tel Aviv, Yuval began playing the trumpet at age 12. After serving in the IDF Army Band he proceeded to study at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and subsequently received his M.Mus degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Throughout his studies, Yuval was a recipient of various scholarships and won awards. Upon his return to Israel in 2008, he served as Principal Trumpet in the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and joined the Israel Brass Quintet.

Yuval Sahpiro appeared as soloist as well as performing with most of the orchestras in Israel, including Chamber, Jazz, Contemporary and Baroque ensembles, broadcasts on radio and television shows. During 2005-2013, he participated in the "West-Eastern Divan" Orchestra, under Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

Since October 2013, Yuval is a member of of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet section.

Watch an interview with Yuval <a href="http://members.ipo.co.il/en/interviews/27"><strong>here</strong></a>